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Following the presentation of the "Dishonor Awards: Roasting the Most Outrageously Biased Liberal Reporters of 2001" attendees saw replays of four of the six winning quotes: Margaret Carlson on George Bush making it so "we won’t be able to eat, drink or breathe," Helen Thomas on missing Bill Clinton, Dan Rather on Bill Clinton as "honest" and Bryant Gumbel on John Ashcroft’s character.

     Then, as a picture of each nominee was displayed, the 800 plus audience members at the event, held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, were asked by Master of Ceremonies Cal Thomas to hoot, holler and applaud to indicate their preference. It wasn’t close at all. After huddling with the presenters (John Fund, Kate O’Beirne and David Limbaugh), Thomas announced the clear winner: Dan Rather insisting, on Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor on May 15, that he considers Bill Clinton to be "an honest man" and "I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things." The quote in full:

     Bill O’Reilly: "I want to ask you flat out, do you think President Clinton’s an honest man?"
     Dan Rather: "Yes, I think he’s an honest man."
     O’Reilly: "Do you, really?"
     Rather: "I do."
     O’Reilly: "Even though he lied to Jim Lehrer’s face about the Lewinsky case?"
     Rather: "Who among us has not lied about something?"
     O’Reilly: "Well, I didn’t lie to anybody’s face on national television. I don’t think you have, have you?"
     Rather: "I don’t think I ever have. I hope I never have. But, look, it’s one thing – "
     O’Reilly: "How can you say he’s an honest guy then?"
     Rather: "Well, because I think he is. I think at core he’s an honest person. I know that you have a different view. I know that you consider it sort of astonishing anybody would say so, but I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things."



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